K-1by Pentax

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TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A definite buy! This is among the best in its class.
89%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The K-1 has an impressive list of features including Wi-Fi, GPS and an on-body lighting system, which makes it easy to navigate in the dark.
  • Although the K-1 is not cheap, the high quality of its images and its impressive specifications still make it a competitive option in its price range.
  • The K-1 boasts an impressive number of available lenses, and being backward compatible with older K-mount Pentax lenses bolsters this repertoire.

CONS

  • Although the K-1's still image quality is superb, the camera fumbles in the video department with a lack of 4K support and occasional frame rate problems when capturing in HD.
  • Weighing in at more than two pounds, the K-1 is a particularly heavy camera, sometimes making it hard to wield, and it doesn't include a built-in flash strobe.
  • The K-1's battery life is rated at 760 shots, somewhat low for a high-end DSLR.
Pentax fans have been awaiting the K-1 for some time now, and this relatively affordable, feature-laden camera does not disappoint. Although the images captured through its 36.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor can’t beat the picture quality of similar offerings from its high-end competitors, its $1800 price ensures that it remains a solid choice in a competitive market. Its weather sealing and onboard Wi-Fi and GPS make it a good option for outdoor photographers, although it’s likely to appeal to anyone on a budget who is looking for a top-end camera. The newly designed pentaprism viewfinder has almost 100 percent coverage and 0.7x magnification that ensures the on-screen previews translate to excellent images.
NameK-1D810D750Alpha 7 IIEOS 7D Mark II
ManufacturerPentaxNikonNikonSonyCanon
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After many years of waiting, the Pentax K-1 is a genuine competitor to the other full-frame brands, especially as Pentax have also begun to …

After many years of waiting, the Pentax K-1 is a genuine competitor to the other full-frame brands, especially as Pentax have also begun to expand their range of professional full-frame lenses to go with the new body. If you're interested in full-frame and you haven't yet made a serious investment in one particular brand, then the new Pentax K-1 should definitely be on your shopping short-list.

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Offered at a lower price than competitors with a high resolution full-frame sensor (36mp +), the K-1 offers a number of features that are un…

Offered at a lower price than competitors with a high resolution full-frame sensor (36mp +), the K-1 offers a number of features that are unique to Pentax Digital SLRs, in the form of Pixel Shift Resolution, and in camera image stabilisation.

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Pentax K-1 has environmental sealings on its body which makes it a weather resistant camera. If you like outdoors photography and want to be…

Pentax K-1 has environmental sealings on its body which makes it a weather resistant camera. If you like outdoors photography and want to be able to use your camera in extreme conditions, Pentax K-1 will serve you well.

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89%

There's no denying the K-1 is good value for money. It's well built, offers plenty of user-adjustable controls (most of them genuinely usefu…

There's no denying the K-1 is good value for money. It's well built, offers plenty of user-adjustable controls (most of them genuinely useful) and comes with a relatively 'affordable' price tag, when compared with similar cameras in its category. In addition, our tests show it to be a competent performer when shooting still photos.

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The K-1 is well suited to serve enthusiast, landscape, still life and some studio photographers with outstanding image quality and a number …

The K-1 is well suited to serve enthusiast, landscape, still life and some studio photographers with outstanding image quality and a number of fantastic features that simply can't be matched at this price point.

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For photographers who want great photo quality for less than $2,000, the Pentax K-1 hits the bullseye.

For photographers who want great photo quality for less than $2,000, the Pentax K-1 hits the bullseye.

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The Pentax K-1 has an excellent collection of features that will appeal to serious photographers, and it feels good in your hand. It makes a…

The Pentax K-1 has an excellent collection of features that will appeal to serious photographers, and it feels good in your hand. It makes a great choice for landscape and still life photographers, but sports shooters should look elsewhere for a fast AF system.

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All things considered, the Pentax K-1 strikes us as one heck of a camera, and an incredibly impressive first entry in the full-frame segment…

All things considered, the Pentax K-1 strikes us as one heck of a camera, and an incredibly impressive first entry in the full-frame segment from Ricoh. Doubly so when one considers that it has arrived at a very aggressive pricepoint, as well.

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We’ve been waiting so long for a full frame Pentax DSLR that there was always a risk it might feel like a let-down. But we’re pleased to say…

We’ve been waiting so long for a full frame Pentax DSLR that there was always a risk it might feel like a let-down. But we’re pleased to say that if anything, the opposite is true – we’re pleasantly surprised by just how much Ricoh has managed to fit into its Pentax K-1 while maintaining an unexpectedly low price point for its specification

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It’s the best price for this size of sensor on a DSLR (about $1,500 less that the competition), but at $1,799 it’s still a hefty chunk of ch…

It’s the best price for this size of sensor on a DSLR (about $1,500 less that the competition), but at $1,799 it’s still a hefty chunk of change. Also if you don’t have many, or any, full frame lenses, the benefits go down as well. If you do have full frame lenses and a bit of cash burning a hole in your pocket, go for it!

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If there were ever a traditional sized DSLR that could get me to dump my existing DSLR rig and change systems, the Pentax K-1 would be it.

If there were ever a traditional sized DSLR that could get me to dump my existing DSLR rig and change systems, the Pentax K-1 would be it.

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The K-1 is great news for loyal Pentax owners. You finally have something to upgrade to if you fancy going the full-frame route – and why th…

The K-1 is great news for loyal Pentax owners. You finally have something to upgrade to if you fancy going the full-frame route – and why the hell wouldn't you? It's also a superb value alternative to the big guns from Canon and Nikon, and I suppose Sony if you're including its range of full-frame mirrorless cameras.

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